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'''David Hume''' (; 7 May 1711 New Style|NS (26 April 1711 Old Style|OS) – 25 August 1776) or '''David Home''' (birth name) was a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist, who is best known today for his highly influential system of radical philosophical empiricism, philosophical skepticism|skepticism, and philosophical naturalism|naturalism. Hume's empiricist approach to philosophy places him with John Locke, George Berkeley, Francis Bacon, and Thomas Hobbes as a British Empiricism|British Empiricist. Beginning with his ''A Treatise of Human Nature'' (1739), Hume strove to create a total naturalism (philosophy)|naturalistic science of man that examined the psychological basis of human nature. Against rationalism|rationalists, Hume held that passion rather than reason governs human behaviour. He argued against the existence of innatism|innate...
Birth date{{nowrap|7 May New Style|NS {{smaller|[26 April Old Style|OS]}} 1711}}
Birth placeEdinburgh, Scotland,
Kingdom of Great Britain|Great Britain
Death date{{death date and age|df=yes|1776|8|25|1711|4|26}}
Death placeEdinburgh, Scotland,
Great Britain
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh (no degree)
Era18th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
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